He began to consider becoming a whistle-blower, but with Obama about to be elected, he held off. “I think even Obama’s critics were impressed and optimistic about the values that he represented,” he says. “He said that we’re not going to sacrifice our rights. We’re not going to change who we are just to catch some small percentage more terrorists.” But Snowden grew disappointed as, in his view, Obama didn’t follow through on his lofty rhetoric. “Not only did they not fulfill those promises, but they entirely repudiated them,” he says. “They went in the other direction. What does that mean for a society, for a democracy, when the people that you elect on the basis of promises can basically suborn the will of the electorate?”
As some of you know, I’m already working on my next album (which was due in 2013, sorry, I got “distracted” 😀 ), to be released in 2014, alongside my latest album THE GREAT ESCAPE. The new album shall be called “WHEREVER YOU ARE”, and I want to have great music videos and a stunning 3D artwork for it, too.
I have lots of material and sketches/ideas already, so I’d have a lot to choose from, but I’m a bit unsure about the general direction for the album. This is why I ask you about your opinion/feeling.
Be a part of the creation process! What would you like to hear most? 🙂
This is not an obituary. There are enough people on the planet that are way better at this. Plus, I didn’t know Robin Williams personally, and I’m not a journalist. But Robin and I — and so many other people in this world — have something in common, and that’s why this is a call for awareness.
The first thing I had to learn this morning when I woke up was: shit! I’m late. I’m supposed to drive the Missus to work!
Part of my waking-up-process is having a cigarette and checking my phone. Call it a ritual. Next up would be grabbing a coffee from the kitchen. I didn’t get this far. The news that Robin Williams (apparently, unconfirmed while I’m writing this) committed suicide was all over my phone.
Holy shit! I mean: holy motherfucking goddamn shit! How can this happen? How can someone bring so much joy into people’s hearts and be a totally sad man himself? What an actor, what an artist, what a great human being!
Robin Williams was very open about his addictions (cocaine, alcohol) and his depressions. This didn’t help enough, though. And no money, success and fame in the world could help him to overcome his struggles with life.
My distant relative Christopher Vogelmann, who’s a doctor himself (even when he’s “only” a chiropractor), said today:
Mental distress and mental illness affect more people than we readily know. Depression and addiction can hit those who are famous and those closest to us.
It is a sad moment as this great light of comedic genius has left us for a much larger stage.
The daily struggles can often be upsetting but the positive potential is equally strong.
We are as a nation ill-prepared to deal with mental illness. We often just stigmatize and warehouse those afflicted with mental illness – something that we would almost never do to a person with a physical illness.
He said it. I feel that this is all we need to know and think about right now and in the future.
I’m suffering from depressions all my life. I’ve had numerous moments when I wanted to end my life, because I couldn’t bear the deep sadness inside of me anymore. A sadness I couldn’t explain, one I could never find out where it was coming from. How do you pull out the rambling weeds when you can’t grab it at its roots?
I got it “under control”, kind of. The sadness and depressions are still there, but somehow I found a way to go through those phases. They have become infrequent, and I got meds that make it easier when they show up. I have had training all my life, to wear a mask, smile, so that no one would ever figure out what’s going on behind the mask.
The wish to just be dead and get rid of the pain then is still there. It’s mainly the responsibility for the hearts of the people surrounding me that keeps me away from leaving the stage of this life.
I’m sure Robin Williams had professional help, meds and loving people surrounding him. For a “normal” person, there would be so many good reasons to just be happy and enjoy life, but for Robin Williams all of this wasn’t enough, apparently.
I’m thinking about “why do people have problems like that” all my life. What the fuck is wrong? What makes people so sick, and why do I suffer from this, too? Is it a general sick world, full of ugliness and hatred? Does this produce so much negativity that some people just can’t deal with it? Are we not made for a society like that?
I remember a statement actor Gerard Depardieu gave when his only son died. It was something like
He wasn’t made for this world. He was a true poet, this world was too much for him. It’s okay that he’s at another place now where he can find peace for himself.
I was thinking that — as sad as it is — he is probably right.
I wish the world would be more lovely and less ugly. I wish people would treat each other with more respect and kindness. I wish money and status wouldn’t have the importance it has, and everyone could just live his life the way he wants without the constant pressure life puts on us.
Maybe there are individuals in this world that just can’t take all this ugliness. Maybe we put our wishes and our suffering into art, for the outside world to understand us better, to express ourselves, because words are so limited.
And some of of us obviously give the funny clown to overact the deep sadness inside of us, or to pretend that this world is an entirely beautiful place. Like Robin Williams.
P.S.: I didn’t write this to jump on a SEO bandwagon. I did it, because this topic affects me personally, and I think it helps others and myself to be as open as possible about it.
P.P.S.: I didn’t drive the Missus to work, the morning was all fucked up.
This is Zelda Williams’ tweet after her father’s death:
If you are new to music production, or even if you’ve been poking around for a while, there are a number of things that you haven’t been told about making music. Depending on what angle you are taking to get into the music production game, you are likely either over preparing or under preparing for what lies ahead.
Sadly, many suffer from what they consider to be complete failure & thus give up. It is my belief that if they had this information ahead of time, they probably would have had the power to move through the rough spots. The following are 10 things I certainly wish I had known when I started (or even after 10 years in!)
I have been A&R’ing in the music industry for over a decade now, and I have to say: I’ve made excellent friends and was lucky to have awesome experiences. I’ve seen artists becoming “better”, more and more awesome, and even really successful (in economical terms) and being able to make a name for themselves by putting out amazing music, and I had the honor to accompany some of them. The list would be long … and one of them — who stands out in particular — is my friend Jonah Hakanson from Oregon, USA. I say “friend”, despite the fact that we never met in person, because I feel connected to him.
Jonah — and yes, I said that many times already, and I still mean it — is one of the most talented people out there. Not only with music, I think he’s a very talented writer/thinker, too. All his creative output is very inspiring. I’m happy that he asked me to be on my label again a few days back. I can’t wait to work with Jonah again, and release some of his work. It’s just way too good than not being released. Listen to what Jonah (and I) did in the past:
This is the Kassey Voorn remix:
And my remix:
Today Jonah said:
We can’t pretend we’re being heard when we aren’t. And, in order to be heard we have to be worth meeting. People in this music aren’t “pop stars” without personality. We have to be ready and willing to belong to an audience that wants to know us. Fuck the music. Music changes. This is about making people have a good time in a meaningful way. It’s about creating… making NEW things in the world. This is about being an artist. It’s about beauty. No amount of talk will change that.
I could never have said this any better.
And he said something else that really means a lot to me. It’s good to know, after so many years, that there are people appreciating what I do. Thank you, Jonah, it’s my pleasure and always has been. 🙂
The job of an A&R Manager is to help an artist to transport art to the people. It’s a bit more complicated, but that’s it, in a nutshell. You have to feel someone and his art (in this case music). Art is language, expression, communication, and it’s able to jump across borders, easily. We all know that.
I’m a lucky guy. I said that many times before, but moments like this keep reminding me of that, again and again.